A leaking shower is not only annoying and water-wasting, but it can totally ruin your shower experience too! While we always recommend seeking the help of a professional plumber to deal with any type of plumbing problem, it’s good to understand what is involved in fixing a dripping or leaking shower. You will feel more confident and prepared if the scenario arises. With that in mind, we have put together this step-by-step guide on how to fix a leaking shower.
The key steps to fixing a
leaking shower are:
- Isolate the shower’s water supply or turn off at the mains.
- Identify the source of the drip.
- If the showerhead is dripping, try cleaning the showerhead and replacing/securing the washer.
- If the shower valve is leaking, take the valve apart and try replacing the washers, replacing the gasket with putty, cleaning and servicing the flow control cartridge, and cleaning the valve pipes.
- Test for leaks.
- Prevent future leaks.
Let’s look at each of these steps in detail:
Identify the source of the drip
Fixing a dripping shower involves identifying and addressing the underlying issue causing the leak. A shower can drip from various places. By observing where the water is coming from, it will be easier to determine the likely source/cause.
In most cases, the leak will be coming from either:
- The showerhead
- The valve
Test for leaks
After making the necessary repairs, turn the water supply back on and test the shower to ensure there are no more leaks. If you find any additional leaks, recheck your work and make any needed adjustments.